Dr. Gregg Strawbridge - Why Liturgical Worship?


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Hebrews 13:15–16 - Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
In preparation for our conference event next week (Reaching Out from the Word & Sacrament Church with Rev. Garrett Craw), let us consider our worship: “why liturgy?” Why do we worship as we do? Our vision statement says, “We gather to renew our relationship with Him and one another in the Biblical pattern of historic Christian liturgy.” “Liturgy” is a NT term from leitourgia - literally “work of the people” (laos + ergon). It is used of the temple service and order of sacrifices (Heb. 10:11) in the tabernacle (Ex. 28:35) and the temple (2Ch. 31:2). Our word, liturgy, is based on this and means, “an order of events observed.”
1) Why Liturgy? The Necessity of Liturgy - Public assemblies gathered to worship simply cannot avoid a liturgy: “an order of events observed.” All worship services have a “liturgy,” an “order” of events. Scripture says we should plan and execute a biblical liturgy/”order” (euschemenos - “good scheme” - 1Co. 14:40). The concern is to avoid “man-made” or an unbiblical “order of events observed.” Strikingly, the...

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